Iowa Ranks High Among Bowl Teams by NCAA GSR

Dec. 9, 2013

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa football team is receiving votes in both of the national polls, however, the Iowa Hawkeyes are firmly entrenched in the Top 25 that ranks teams that will be bowling later this month by their most recent NCAA Graduation Success Rate score.

In October, the NCAA reported that the Iowa football team had scored an 81 on the GSR – 11 points better than the national average of 70. The Hawkeyes will travel to Tampa for the 2014 Outback Bowl as one of just 17 bowl-bound teams with a GSR greater than 80 and as the highest ranked Big Ten Conference team participating in a bowl game, according to GSR.

Rice (96), Boston College and Notre Dame (94), Stanford (93), and Duke (92) rank first through fifth in the GSR Top 25. Boise State (91) is the only other bowl-bound team with a GSR of 90 or better.

The NCAA introduced the GSR in 2005 to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. Unlike the federal graduation rate, the GSR holds institutions accountable for transfer student-athletes. The GSR also accounts for mid-year enrollees and is calculated for every sport.


Institution Conference 2013 NCAA GSR Bowl Game
Rice Conference USA 96 AutoZone Liberty
Boston College ACC 94 AdvoCare V100
Notre Dame Independent 94 New Era Pinstripe
Stanford Pac-12 93 BCS/Rose
Duke ACC 92 Chick-fil-A
Boise State Mountain West 91 Sheraton Hawaii
Miami, Fla. ACC 86 Russell Athletic
Rutgers American 85 New Era Pinstripe
Northern Illinois Mid-American 85 S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia
Utah State Western Athletic 84 S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia
Navy Independent 84 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces
Central Florida Conference USA 83 BCS/Fiesta
Tulane Conference USA 82 R+L Carriers New Orleans
UCLA Pac-12 82 Hyundai Sun
Georgia Southeastern 82 Gator
Vanderbilt Southeastern 82 BBVA Compass
IOWA HAWKEYES Big Ten 81 Outback
Colorado State Mountain West 79 Gildan New Mexico